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Ripple: A Stable and Convenient Addition to the Cryptocurrency Market

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When we talk about the cryptocurrency market as a whole, Bitcoin always seems to take the center stage. Since its development in 2009, Bitcoin has been the most frequently used digital currency among the traders around the world till date. As a result, a significant number of traders seem to overlook the activities associated with the rest of the eighteen hundred cryptocurrencies, more commonly known as altcoins or alternative coins. Among these altcoins, Ripple is majorly familiar to the investors for the stability it provides and for the convenience of using its technologically advanced network. Here, a few aspects of this ingenious digital currency will be discussed.

Ripple’s Introduction to Cryptocurrency Market:

Ripple basically refers to a real-time gross settlement (RTGS) system developed by a company of the same name. The Ripple Company, based in San Francisco, at first developed Ripple as an efficient remittance network as well as a currency exchange. The main purpose of introducing Ripple to the market was to offer an instantaneous transaction facility to its users spread across the globe. The focus was also on providing an impregnably secured system so that the users can rely on the system without any major concern.

Ripple was first released as Ripple Transaction Protocol (RTXP) in 2012. Since then, it has undergone numerous updates to make the system even more effective and user-friendly. The latest update took place on 3rd February of 2018 when Ripple version 0.81.0 was successfully launched. Despite undergoing so many developments, the core technology of this cryptocurrency still remains unchanged. The structure of Ripple’s system is based upon a consensus ledger, a distributed open source protocol, and its globally accepted cryptocurrency XRP.

Ripple network is capable of supporting various fiat currencies along with other commodities and cryptocurrencies. Also, it can also operate among other internet service providers, various organizations, and within the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Being one of the most stable cryptocurrencies in terms of total market capitalization and value of an individual coin, Ripple’s popularity among both novice and experienced traders is growing rapidly. As a result of this, Ripple now holds the third position behind Bitcoin and Ethereum in the list of Coinmarketcap.

Figure 2: Ripple’s Official Website

Breaking down Ripple’s Technology:

As mentioned above, Ripple’s technology is a decentralized open-sourced protocol that can offer a lightning-fast payment system with a veritably low transaction cost and also without any charge-backs. The principal constituents of Ripple’s technology include gateways, a consensus ledger, a payment/forex system, privacy settings, market makers, and an open API. The XRP coin of Ripple network acts as a bridge to other currencies (both fiat and digital). As Ripple does not discriminate between a fiat and a cryptocurrency, exchanging one currency for another is considerably easy on its network compared to others.

Advantages Provided by Ripple:

Ripple’s ingenious technology comes with myriads of beneficial features for its users. Some of those advantages are:

Greater speed: The payment system of Ripple offers an incredible speed in comparison with other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum. As a result, transactions can be carried out instantaneously on this network. The average time taken for each transaction is approximately four seconds on Ripple’s decentralized system.

Distributed system: Ripple’s decentralized network provides a highly efficient distributed payment procedure that can be operated from any part of the world as long as there is a decent internet connection available.

Scalability: Scalability is one of the principal features that Ripple exhibits. Scalability refers to the ability to execute multiple tasks simultaneously while maintaining accuracy and quality. When it comes to transactions, Ripple network is capable of maneuvering nearly 1500 transactions per second without any interruption or glitch. This tremendous ability makes Ripple extremely favorable to numerous cryptocurrency traders.

Stability: Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin often suffer from a drastic decline and recover from it in no time. This capricious nature makes certain cryptocurrencies unreliable to invest. Many cryptocurrency experts have remarked such currencies as “bubble” due to their volatile nature. On the other hand, Ripple’s price, however small it may seem in comparison with Bitcoin’s whopping figure (circa $11,000 on 27th Feb 2018), is very stable and does not undergo drastic changes. This feature makes XRP one of the most reliable cryptocurrencies available in the market.

Exchanges Where Ripple Is Available:

There are several cryptocurrency exchanges available in the cryptocurrency market accepting Ripple nowadays. The most reliable ones among them include Bithumb, Coinone, Korbit, Bitso, Bittrex, Bitfinex, Poloniex, BitStamp, HitBTC, Kraken, etc. Also, new exchanges like BitPanda, CoinMama, and many more have also started accepting Ripple as a valid cryptocurrency. The way more and more investors are inclining towards Ripple, it is likely to get listed on other cryptocurrency exchanges as well.

The Current Position of Ripple:  

As far as overall market capitalization is concerned, Ripple currently stands on the third position in the list of cryptocurrencies with a market cap of approximately 38 billion (as on 27th February 2018). An individual XRP coin is equivalent to $0.967513 at the moment with a steady upward trend.

Figure 3: Ripple Chart on 28th Feb 2018

Ripple Speculation:

In 2017, the price of Ripple grew by nearly 28,000%. Judging by this trend, many speculators are hopeful about a significant escalation in Ripple’s total market cap as well as the value of its XRP coin. Another reason behind such positive speculation is Ripple’s tendency to engage in fructuous partnerships and customer acquisition. In the previous year, Ripple got involved with 75 commercially deploying customers.

Conclusion:

With the technological ingenuity, reliability, and convenience it offers to its customers, Ripple is likely to achieve more significant feats along with moving further up in the list of cryptocurrencies.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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